Licensed firearm holder kills alleged robber

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — An alleged gunman, who reportedly attempted to rob a businessman and his wife late Thursday at Nain in south east St Elizabeth, ended up being shot dead by the businessman, police have confirmed. Police have identified the dead man as Charles Rowe, otherwise called ... Read More

The crashed Honda seen resting on its side yesterday. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) Senior citizen dies in Manchester car accident; 2 other people injured
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Sixty-nine year old Fay Swaby, a housewife of Chudleigh Housing Schem ... Read More

Projects Abroad Jamaica Country Director Dr Bridgette Barrett speaking about the Belle Haven Centre which is to be built in
Central Manchester for children and women living with HIV/AIDS at a Rotaract Club meeting at the Northern Caribbean University
last Wednesday. (PHOTO: PROJECTS ABROAD) Manchester home for 40 more HIV-infected children
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The seven acres of leased government land at Belretiro in Central Man ... Read More

Mandeville resident Cherine Allen-Powell (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO) Slowfund-raising for Mandeville heart patient
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — More than a month since Mandeville resident Cherine Allen-Powell reac ... Read More

Jackson Town residents protest traffic death of 7-y-o boy

Friday, April 11, 2014 5:18 PM    

Dominic Anderson

TRELAWNY, Jamaica -- Irate residents Friday afternoon mounted a roadblock along a section of the Jackson Town main road in Trelawny in protest over the fatal accident involving a boy who was mowed down in the community yesterday by a motor car driven by a prominent lawyer in the parish. The deceased has been identified as seven-year-old Dominic Anderson, also called Justin, a resident of Jackson Town. The Police and members of the Fire Brigade had to be called in to clear the roadblock which c ... Read More

St Aubyn Bartlett targets Central Manchester

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 07, 2014    

St Aubyn Bartlett telling the Christiana meeting of having lived in Mandeville and
voting for the JLP in 1980. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The "interest" being shown by former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) parliamentarian St Aubyn Bartlett in this south central parish is focused only on Central Manchester, a seat currently held by National Security Minister Peter Bunting, an impeccable party source has confirmed. Addressing Labourites at a North East Manchester constituency conference in Christiana on March 30, Bartlett declared that "I have an interest in a constituency in Manchester". Bartlett did no ... Read More

From journalist to herbalist

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 07, 2014    

Dyer has put journalism behind him.

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — For 11 years Rayon Dyer practised freelance journalism from his base in this historic coastal town. He wrote for The Gleaner newspaper and also became a broadcaster channelling sponsored radio programmes focused on what he described as "positive happenings" via established radio networks. But the way he tells it, he was always nagged by the need to go his own way and be, in a real sense, his own boss. That need became an imperative in 2009 when The Gleaner di ... Read More


Monday, April 07, 2014    

Krystannia Williams (292 - finger in the air) of
Edwin Allen High wins the Class one 100m. Her
teammate Monique Spencer (288) placed third.

Edwin Allen High cruised to their second girls' title at the ISSA/Grace Kennedy high schools' athletics championships at the National Stadium just over a week ago. Edwin Allen, based in Frankfield, northern Clarendon, dominated all opposition amassing 337.5 points. Second-placed St Jago High were 74.5 points behind. Several other schools in south central Jamaica, including Holmwood Technical High, Vere Technical High, St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS), Manchester High, and Munro College al ... Read More

New Mandeville high school to be sited at Mount St Joseph

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Mount St Joseph Preparatory on Manchester Road in Mandeville. In addition to land for construction, some unused buildings will be made available for a proposed new high school on the property. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Negotiations are well advanced for a publicly run high school component to be established at Roman Catholic-run Mount St Joseph Preparatory School on Manchester Road in this south central town. Marcia Tai Chun, who is representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mandeville in the discussions, told Observer Central by telephone on Saturday that while there was considerable caution, discussions were going well. "We are in the final stages of getting things signed off ... Read More

PHOTO: Edwin's joy

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Athletes and support staff celebrate Edwin Allen High's victory in the girls' segment of the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on March 29. Edwin Allen High, from Frankfield in northern Clarendon, amassed 337.5 points, way ahead of nearest rivals St Jago High with 263 points. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Edwin's joy --> Read More

Jamalco hailed for health fair

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Nurse Shauna Bartley-Newell (left) conducts a blood sugar and cholesterol check on Hayes, Newtown resident Linive Amritt. (PHOTO: JAMALCO)

MAY PEN, Clarendon — One hundred residents from Hayes, Newtown benefited from a free health and information fair held at Newtown Independent Baptist Church recently. Bauxite/alumina company Jamalco, through its collaboration with several agencies including the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Tax Administration Jamaica, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Clarendon Health Department and Mead Johnson Jamaica Limited, provided various services for people living in and around th ... Read More

St Elizabeth's first female custos installed

Monday, April 07, 2014    

New custos of St Elizabeth
Beryl Rochester receives the
Magistrates’ Roll from Governor
General Sir Patrick Allen.

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — Beryl Rochester was formally installed as St Elizabeth's first woman custos during a colourful ceremony at Independence Park in Black River on March 27. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen presented the new custos with the Insignia of the Order of Distinction, Commander Class which goes to all custodes. In line with tradition, Sir Patrick also presented Rochester with the Grand Commission and the Magistrates' Roll for St Elizabeth. As custos of the parish, Roch ... Read More

Arctic science expedition for Porus teacher

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Jamalco’s Communications Specialist Ealane Livingston Smith and Porus High School Principal
Michael Stewart (left) read the letter confirming the Earthwatch Fellowship awarded to science
teacher Luke McKenzie while congratulating him on the award. (PHOTO: JAMALCO)

MAY PEN, Clarendon — Head of the Science Department at Porus High School Luke McKenzie has been awarded an Earthwatch Fellowship by the Teach Earth USA Programme, according to a news release from bauxite/alumina company Jamalco. Funded by the Alcoa Foundation, the fellowship will allow McKenzie to participate in a one-week scientific expedition called Climate Change at Arctic Edge from July 10-20. The exercise will involve scientific field research and education. McKenzie, who also teac ... Read More

Women's networking group builds membership

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Participants at a women entrepreneurs network workshop in Santa Cruz. (PHOTOS: AINSLEY CLARKE)

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Intent on building membership as well as capacity, the networking group Women Entrepreneurs Network of the Caribbean (WENC) recently visited this south central town to meet with businesswomen, including farmers. Head of the Jamaica chapter Ethnie Miller Simpson said the longer-term aim was to provide training and know-how for women in business. "Our intention is to meet with women business owners across the island... the intention is to first of all build our m ... Read More



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